Mike Rowe cashes in on Microsoft fight

The Victoria area teen who took on Microsoft in a fight over his domain name – mikerowesoft.com – is set to make thousands of dollars on eBay.

The Victoria area teen who took on Microsoft in a fight over his domain name – mikerowesoft.com – is set to make thousands of dollars on eBay.


Mike Rowe
Seventeen-year-old Mike Rowe was the target of an international copyright complaint after he refused to give up his website address.

Now Rowe has put his 25 pages of correspondence with Microsoft's lawyers up for auction on eBay.

As of 10 a.m. PT Friday, there were 98 bids for the material, with the bidding up to $33,000 – with nearly a week to go.

Microsoft had told him he had to remove the site from the web and offered to reimburse him $10 for the cost of registering the domain name, but he refused.

Instead he asked for $10,000.

Microsoft lawyers then fired back a 25-page letter and an inch-thick document outlining their case to the World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva.

The company later softened its position, after the domain fight drew world wide attention.

It agreed to pay any expenses the high school student incurred during the process, provide him with Microsoft certification training, and give him an X-box video game system.